SURF ROOTS takes you inside the world of today's Reggae scene, the most exciting movement in music today! Surf Roots showcases a genre that is exploding with hot new stars, where good vibes and unity dominate in a world that's crying out for it. Hosted by Kaleo Wassman, the charismatic lead singer of popular Reggae-Rock band PEPPER. Kaleo takes you all-access behind the scenes with your favorite artists on location at festivals, on tour, in the studio, and more.
Episode #1: CLOSER TO THE SUN – Closer to the Sun focuses on a magical 4-day getaway in Cancun, Mexico put on by SLIGHTLY STOOPID, Silverback Music and Cloud 9 Productions. It includes international Reggae stars UB40, ALBOROSIE, DON CARLOS and YELLOWMAN, alongside US-based SLIGHTLY STOOPID, STICK FIGURE, MICHAEL FRANTI, PEPPER, HIRIE, THE EXPENDABLES, CHALI 2NA, G LOVE and THE MOVEMENT. Through a series of interviews and performances they demonstrate why Closer is such a unique gathering place, the family bond of the artists, and the evolution of the sound that has traveled from Jamaica to California, Hawaii and beyond. And they explore the effect that Reggae is having in today's world. The journey to Closer reveals why fans are flocking to this positive movement!
Episode #2: ONE LOVE CALI FEST – After an exhilarating trip to Cancun, it's off to the One Love Cali Fest in Long Beach, which has become one of the largest Reggae festivals in the country in just 5 years. It's the hometown of SUBLIME one of the pioneers of the California Reggae sound, and the artists explain Sublime's huge influence on today's music. One Love showcases the new generation of Cali reggae-rockers including REBELUTION, IRATION, DIRTY HEADS, SUBLIME WITH ROME, LONG BEACH DUB ALLSTARS, COMMON KINGS, TRIBAL SEEDS & more. The festival demonstrates the tremendous growth of the genre, and the Americanization of the music and fanbase.
Episode #3: THE MARLEY LEGACY - Surf Roots heads to the Kaya Fest, put on by the Marley family to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Bob Marley's classic "Kaya" album. The event features Bob's musical children and grandchildren including ZIGGY MARLEY, DAMIAN "JR GONG" MARLEY, STEPHEN MARLEY, KY-MANI MARLEY, JULIAN MARLEY and SKIP MARLEY, plus international superstars LAURYN HILL, CHRONIXX, MATISYAHU and KABAKA PYRAMID, and commentary from Hip Hop legends B-REAL, SEN DOG and MIX MASTER MIKE of CYPRESS HILL. We hear from the fans on why they love the Marleys and the legacy of Bob Marley today. As Kaleo puts it "Who doesn't love Bob Marley?!!"
Music Videos - Leilani Wolfgramm "Sunshine". We air hundreds of music videos from a number of record labels and indie producers
Surf/Lifestyle Segment "Jalian" - Spotlight on pro surfer/environmentalist Jalian Johnston who creates clothing out of materials he finds on the beach
Show/Segment "Marley Mash Up" - Focus on the Marley family legacy, the music of Bob's children and grandchildren
Concert Wrap-Up - California Roots Festival in Monterey, CA. We work with the top festivals and events in Reggae
Live Performances - J Boog live @ California Roots Fest